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Ten Months After Nigeria Lifted Twitter Ban, President Buhari Tweets For The First Time

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President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday tweeted for the first time since the country reversed the ban it imposed on Twitter in June last year.

The Nigerian government had imposed the ban on the social media platform after it deleted the tweets of Buhari. The tweets, which referenced the Nigerian Civil War, threatened to deal with those behind insecurity in the “language they understand”. But the Federal Government said the ban was not linked to the deleted tweets.

Months after the Federal Government lifted the ban, which lasted till early January, Buhari took to the platform to share photos of himself observing the Eid-el-Fitr prayer with the Muslim faithful at the Mambila Barracks Parade Ground in Abuja.

In a series of tweets in commemoration of Eid-el-Fitr, the Nigerian leader, who was accompanied by his family and aides, spoke about the fight against insurgency.

While the fight has been tough and long, victory, Buhari said, is within reach.

“After a period of fasting and reflection, this year, we have cause to welcome the occasion in hope. The battle waged against terrorists who falsely masquerade under the name of Islam is approaching its conclusion,” he said.

“The fight has been long and hard. Final victory is within sight. Boko Haram and its offshoots’ final embers are now fading. Last month, the leader of ISWAP was killed in an airstrike. Since the New Year, thousands of fighters have surrendered.
“The territories they used to occupy are now seeing the return of those who were forced to flee their barbarity. Normality is finally beginning to return to the Northeast. It is a long process. Yet it is one we are, together, now embarking upon.

“With the designation of bandit groups as terrorists, the challenges of banditry & kidnapping are being tackled differently in the north-west and north-central where the latest military acquisitions and armed forces are being fanned out across the region to thwart acts of terror.” The ban, according to Nigeria, was lifted after the social media firm agreed to meet its conditions for operations in the country.

“Major tech companies must be alive to their responsibilities. They cannot be allowed to continue to facilitate the spread of religious, racist, xenophobic, and false messages capable of inciting whole communities against each other, leading to the loss of many lives. This could tear some countries apart,” the presidency said in the wake of the ban.

The restriction of Twitter equally triggered condemnation from far and wide.

Source (Channels TV)

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Breaking News, Opec Secretary General, Muhammad Barkindo Dies @63 In Abuja

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The death of the two term OPEC Secretary General has been announced in a tweet by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari.

In the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Kyari, on his verified Twitter handle, had written,

@MKKyari, “We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday, July 5 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly.”

The cause of his death was unknown at the time of filing this report.

Mr Barkindo’s term as secretary-general was to end on July 31. On Tuesday, he delivered a keynote address at the Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, which runs from July 4 to 7. Nigeria joined OPEC in 1971. The country marked its 50th Anniversary in OPEC last year.

Late Barkindo standing in the middle

He was born April 20th, 1959, and died on July 5th aged 63.

Following the announcement of his death by the NNPC GMD, a former senator Shehu Sani, tweeted,

“Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died 11pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”

On Tuesday,  Mr Barkindo met President Muhammadu Buhari along with some OPEC delegates in Abuja. In a statement by OPEC, the meeting took place mainly to honour Barkindo’s two-term tenure as secretary-general of OPEC.

In the meeting, President Buhari, Welcomed him back home and saying, “We are proud of your distinguished achievements at OPEC. You were able to successfully navigate the Organization through turbulent challenges.”

Responding, Barkindo said, “I and my colleagues from the OPEC Secretariat are deeply honoured by your audience, Mr President, as well as of the honourable Minister Sylva and other senior officials of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.”

He later briefed the President on oil market developments and the vital role the Declaration of Cooperation played in stabilising the global oil market over the duration of his tenure.

Muhammad Barkindo being honoured. 

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Herdsmen stabbed Man To Death For Killing Cow In Lagos

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Killed Cow and Commercial bus involved.

There was commotion in the Agbo Malu Agemoowo area of Lagos-Badagry expressway as two suspected herdsmen stabbed a commercial bus driver to death.

The two people said to be the herders have been arrested in connection with the incident by the police in the state.

Benjamin Hundeyin, the image maker of the state police, confirmed the death but fail short to confirm the identity of the killed person.

A commercial LT bus was said to be on a high speed in the area when it crashed into one of the cows, crossing to the other side of the road.

An argument was said to have ensued between the commercial bus conductor and the herdsman which resulted in the herdsman stabbing the driver to death.

The incident created an instant reaction from residents of the area who blocked the expressway and threatened to avenge the death of the deceased man.

The situation caused serious traffic gridlock on the dilapidated road forcing many motorists to find alternative routes.

A resident of the area, George, said “It happened in the morning around 7 o’clock. I had just passed the area when my wife called me. I learnt that the driver was on a high speed when two herdsmen were trying to cross their cows to the other side of the road.”

He also added that “The vehicle was badly damaged and in the process, a fight ensued and the conductor was stabbed in the head and other parts of his body.”

The police image maker confirmed that “A commercial vehicle ran into two cows this morning at Agemowo, Badagry killing one of the herders’ cows.”

The Lagos police spokesperson also stated that “The cattle herders attacked someone they mistook for the vehicle conductor, resulting in his death. The DPO Morogbo division assisted by soldiers from 243 Battalion, Badagry successfully cleared the road and normalcy has since been restored to the area.”

The Lagos police image maker also denied that “It is entirely false that the deceased was turned back when he sought refuge in the police station. He did not make it off the accident scene, let alone, reach the station,” he added.

“Meanwhile the two herders have been arrested. An investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided subsequently,” the police image maker said.

 

Source Nigerian Tribune.

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Just In, President Muhammadu Buhari Swears-In New Acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN)

Justice Ariwoola was officially sworn by the president on Monday afternoon, following the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad from the Judicial position.

Justice Muhammad, it was gathered, was forced to resign over the weekend, although the information in the public space is that he’s quitting on health grounds.

Recall that last week, a letter written 14 justices of the supreme court accusing him of abandoning his responsibility as the leader of the court leaked.

The judges further accused the CJN of going on foreign trips with his family while denying them the right to go on international trainings.

It was gathered that there was a memo from the judges to the presidency, highlighting all of the CJN’s financial dealings, and threatening that they would stop sitting from September if he is not removed.

Ariwoola, the new CJN was the next-highest ranking justice of the supreme court after Muhammad.

He is billed to leave the Judicial service in 2028.

Biography,

Justice Ariwoola was born on 22 August 1958 and he is currently the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court.

He was formerly a Justice of the Court of Appeal and was elevated to the Supreme Court bench after having been elevated from the State High Court of Oyo State.

Ariwoola started his educational career in his home town Iseyin at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole, in the Iseyin Local government of Oyo State between 1959 and 1967.

Until his elevation to the Supreme Court, Ariwoola served as Justice of the Court of Appeal in Kaduna, Enugu, and Lagos divisions.

Justice Ariwoola has attended many International and National conferences and workshops in France, Atlanta Georgia, UK and Dubai, UAE, and he is married with offsprings.

 

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